MIKE ROME & MATHEW WHITE
Main Bar ~ 28th October - 30th November
Mike's subtle brushed out oils juxtaposed with Mathew's vibrant acrylics create an emotional roller coaster ride of colour though our main bar space. This double dose of abstract art brings together two artists originally from the South East, but now settled in Bristol.
Mathew White was born in North London in 1957 and became a keen artstudent influenced by his father, an accomplished professional artist and designer. He lived in St.Ives for a while during the seventies, immersing himself in the local scene. View his work here.
Mike, who admits to having been born somewhat earlier, has been painting with oils for over 30 years. He moved to Bristol two years ago and has been actively exhibiting and selling since. Some of his paintings were recently featured in local and National newspaper articles. View his work here.
JOHN KILBURN johndkilburn.com
Green Room ~ 4th - 30th November
John Kilburn is a freelance artist based in Falmouth Cornwall. He makes and sells his own silkscreen prints, pop-up books and comics.
John recently graduated with distinction from Falmouth University’s MA in Authorial Illustration and has gone on to work for Atlantic Press Books, Origin Coffee, Slut clothing, Strandline books and Tiny Pencil amongst others.
John is currently setting up his own printing studio with a group of Cornish illustrators as well as setting up a gallery space in Falmouth itself.
GILL CHANTLER www.gillchantler.com
Green Room ~ 2nd - 30th December
Gill Chantler is a Scottish born illustrator who loves to work in silouette with bold colours. Themes of old folk tales and mythical beasts run through her work.
This Christmas she will be exhibiting a number of pieces on themes of Winter and Mythology within Tobacco Factory's Green Room space, as well as providing festive decorations for our Main Bar.
For further information about our Exhibitions or if you'd like to display here, please email Dave Bain email@example.com
Main Bar ~ 30th September - 26th October
A collection of paintings exploring the unexpected. Taking cues from 16–19th Century European still-life painters, this is a body of work where the objects depicted are not always what they seem. Be it a dual function, an unnatural scenario or an unusual material that takes you by surprise.
The highly detailed paintings are intended to draw the viewer into the composition and then allow them to step back and consider the interplay between the objects. Matthew graduated from UWE with a BA Hons degree in Fine Art in Context in 2000.
CHRIS DEAN chrisdeanphoto.co.uk
Green Room ~ 30th September - 3rd November
Good Garden Awards are handed out by a team of volunteer judges, to people across Greater Bedminster who've made an effort to brighten up their outside spaces.
This is a collection of portraits of some of those people, at home in the spaces they've nurtured.
DARREN NISBETT darrennisbett.co.uk
Main Bar ~ 2nd - 28th September
A series of prints of industrial machines, now derelict and without real function but still retaining their form and presence, The images have hints of sci-fi and old movie sets where heavy boxes, big dials and brightly coloured buttons betrayed their real use!
The images are printed on aluminium panels which are firstly 'treated' with spray paint, cleaning fluids and sandpaper to give a base which resembles a surface which could have been found in one of the abandoned places where the photographs were taken. Some prints consist of a single panel and others are combined together to create more abstract shapes!
Darren Nisbett was Born in bristol but now lives in Berkshire, his grandfather worked on the printing press in the Tobacco factory when it was producing cigarettes
HANNAH BAILEY & AIDAN MEIGHAN
hannah-bailey.co.uk / aidanmeighan.co.uk
Green Room ~ 2nd - 28th September
In this collaborative exhibition, Aidan Meighan and Hannah Bailey present a collection of maps and mazes, taking you on a meandering tour of faraway places, imagined places, and some very close to home.
Brought together by a love of maps and a shared fascination with gardens, heritage sites and landscapes, this was the perfect excuse for Aidan and Hannah to go on as many adventures and explorations as possible.
Aidan and Hannah are freelance illustrators, living and drawing together in Bristol.
SHIRLEY SHARP shirleysharp.com
Main Bar ~ 29th July - 31st August
A collection of drawings and paintings in which human situations are presented both as normal and absurd at the same time.
Shirley graduated in Illustration in 2004 from University West of England and has exhibited paintings and drawings on a regular basis since then, but more recently with the emphasis on drawing.
JAMES OSMOND jamesosmond.co.uk
Green Room ~ 29th July - 31st August
Somerset and Bristol Exhibition
An exhibition of landscape photography from my new book Somerset & Bristol (published by Frances Lincoln, 2013). The book is a seasonal portfolio of the landscapes of Somerset and the townscapes of Bristol, Bath and Wells.
Signed copies will be available to buy from the bar.
Corridor to Yard ~ 29th July - 31st August
A collection of photographs focusing on areas around Bristol, often capturing roof tops and the city landscapes response to our changeable weather.
"At work I have to stare at 3 computer screens all day. So it should come as no surprise that when I get home I just like to wind down with a cup of tea and look out of the window. I keep a camera close by so as the sky and views change, I can record them over time. They don’t stay the same and this exhibition shows aims to show just how varied the views can be from one day to the next from the same window here in Bristol."
ROBBIE SPARKS camsecure.co.uk/robsart
Main Bar ~ 24th June - 27th July
“Why is there something rather than nothing?”
Since the dawn of quantum mechanics in the early 20th Century, it has been known by science that the physical world allows one thing to be in two places at the same time. Striving to create unique and diverse modern contemporary art on canvas and board, Robbie Sparks works with paint often focusing on the circle spinning, becoming a sphere and plays on notions of abstract, texture geometry and colour.
Exploring themes of the hidden world around us Robbie's work hints at the unseen scientific world competing with our limited human senses. Robbie explains an example, "the existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist – so you don’t just look at the rainbow, you create it! This is pretty amazing especially considering that all beautiful colours you see represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum."
"Man, know thyself in true proportion" (Oracle of Delphi)
HEIDI NOWAK hnowak.blogspot.co.uk
Green Room ~ 24th June - 27th July
Traveling drawer and painter Heidi Nowak sets out to capture observations that simply make her smile and ask questions. Mixing reality with a world of nonsense enables everyone to laugh at life’s realities
The view of the world behind the eyes of Heidi is expressed through the means of characters both imagined and real, and a self-reflective conversation within the drawings becomes evident through the fusing of naive lines and simple colours.
Inspired by everyday life, self-critiques, people met and interactions witnessed, the work pokes fun at human habits in a slightly quirky way.
SOUTHBANK BRISTOL ART TRAIL sbaweb.co.uk
Main Bar ~ 29th April - 19th May
Green Room ~ 14th - 19th May
The Southbank Bristol Arts Trail will be a weekend ~ 18th & 19th May ~ of arts and performance in homes, churches, community centres and public houses around Southville, Bedminster and Ashton. Over 50 venues will be opening to show work from over 150 artists, makers, performers, musicians, and others.
Artists exhibiting with us this year are:
Carys-Ink / Mark Hadlow / Stephen Quick / Stu Watkin / Graham Williams / Leanne Winter
UPFEST 2013 - CRAFTED WITH POSCA upfest.co.uk
Main Bar & Green Room ~ 20th May - 23rd June
WEEKEND: 25th & 26th May
Europe’s largest street art festival is coming up again in Bristol for
the May Bank holiday. It’s set to be a massive weekend, with artists painting a total of 20,000sqft of surfaces during thefestival. Some of the best in international graffiti will be taking over subway trains and skate parks in the area, including: Faith47 (South Africa), DALeast (China), C215 (France), Peeta (Italy) as well as local Bristol graffers Turroe, Inkie and loads more.
RED watch the video here
Green Room ~ 1 - 13th May
A collection of Bristol illustrators from across the city, many from Drawn in Bristol, are producing pieces on the theme of Red, to sell during the Red Cross’s annual fundraising week, and raise awareness of its work helping people in crisis in the UK and overseas.
The highlight of the exhibition will be the live-drawing event at 7pm on May 9 during which local artists will illustrate a huge canvas bearing the Red Cross’s campaigning message - "Refusing to Ignore People in Crisis". As the evening progresses the words will become clearer and the whole event will be captured in a time-lapse film released via social media.
The evening will be rounded off with a silent auction of one-off creations, such as original paintings, printed t-shirts and screen prints, by well-known local artists and makers, also in the colour Red, with a percentage of the profits going to the Red Cross.
NIGEL SHIPLEY nigelshipley.com
Main Bar ~ 1st - 28th April
"Is it possible to paint a cityscape that at a glance lets you hear the wind, or feel the sunshine? This is what my paintings try to do. To achieve this I stand outdoors and paint directly from the scene. Many artists work from photographs or sketches in a studio, but I find that only by being out there in all weathers while painting can I capture the heat of the sun, glassy flatness of the water, or cool of a shadow. Sometimes the force of the wind is expressed by the energetic application of paint or the stillness of a sunny day by the smoothness of the paint and softness of colours. I paint the forgotten corners of the city at all times of the year." Nigel Shipley studied at Harrow and Norwich Schools of Art, and has painted Bristol cityscapes since 2005.
FRANCES WHITFIELD cargocollective.com/francesmwhitfield
Green Room ~ 1st - 28th April
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After recently graduating from an illustration degree, Frances is starting her career as a painter/illustrator, living between Bristol, the Welsh Boarders and Paris. Frances uses traditional mediums and her current work is inspired by the uncontrollable passing of time, and it's effect on nature and mankind.
THE ART COLLECTIVE theartcollective.com
Main Bar & Green Room ~ 7th -30th March
The Art Collective is a not for profit gallery showcasing the best of today's leading contemporary artists. Artists on show will include award winning photographer Celine Marchbank showcasing works from 'a portrait of the River Wye' alongside AOP nominee and rising star Courvoisier 500/Observer Ben Gold, who will be showing his Festival Nights and Window breaks works.
Paintings will be also be in the exhibition including Exeter based Susie David, Internationally renowed artist Andrew Crane, Maria Kuipers, Matt Phillips, Lance Hewison and founder of The Art Collective, Pauline Richards.
BREAK A LEAD ~ UWE SHOWCASE breakalead.tumblr.com
Main Bar ~ 7th February - 2nd March
Break a Lead is a collaboration between third year illustration students at UWE.
In a few months time they will be graduating, ready to take on the challenge of becoming professional illustrators in a busy and exciting creative industry. Whilst some work is in response to live briefs and competitions, other pieces have come from personal projects.
With eclectic styles, varied themes & diverse motif, this exhibition aims to impress and inspire.
ENYA LACHMAN-CURL enyalachmancurl.co.uk
Main Bar ~ 4th January - 2nd February
After recently graduating from a Fine Art degree at Central Saint Martins Enya is just beginning her career as a painter. While studying she became interested in the science and tradition of mixing paints from raw pigment. “In a consumer society where there is a prevailing apathy towards commodities I think it is important to consider the origins of the materials we use and craftsmanship that is often overlooked.”
ORCA DESIGN ~ PRINT SHOWCASE onlyorca.com
Green Room ~ 4th January - 2nd February
orca is James Ewin and Joel Alexander; a young design collaborative based in Bristol, UK. As well as running their own design house, they have recently produced a stunning set of typographical prints.
Drawn in Bristol presents ~ BIKES drawninbristol.co.uk
Green Room ~ 10th - 30th December
Members from local illustration collective display a set of work based on our love of bikes, featuring: Dave Bain, Michelle Barker (pictured), Holly Maguire, Zoe Darnell & Hannah Broadway.
Christmas decorations adorn our Main Bar space throughout December.
JAMES MORTON & MILLIE GLEESON artgallery.co.uk/artist/james_morton
Main Bar & Green Room ~ 29th October - 30th November
James studied at The University Of The West Of England from 2003 - 2006. Since then he has moved to various countries around the world doing mostly private commissions. He now lives and paints in Bristol. Millie Gleeson joins him for this special double-bill show.
100 HOUSES 100houses.tumblr.com
Main Bar ~ 16th - 30th November
'100 Houses' brings together 100 national and international image-makers from illustrators to street artists in support of housing and homelessness charity Shelter.
Given the theme of "house" each artist has produced a unique piece of artwork specifically for this exhibition. Sales from the 100 original pieces of artwork hope to generate a significant contribution to the ongoing work of the charity Shelter in its work to help people find and keep a decent home.
ROS CUTHBERT RWA roscuthbert.co.uk
Main Bar ~ 1st - 27th October
Ros, a singer as well as a painter, is exploring musical and theatrical themes in her current work. Ideas are gathered from a variety of sources including photographs of street musicians and professional performers, film stills, sketches made at concerts and at the theatre, as well as from the experience of performing and from the music itself.
She is a Royal West of England Academician and a member of the St Ives Society of Artists. Her work is in public collections including the Contemporary Arts Society, the National Portrait Gallery and the V & A; and in many private collections.
Green Room ~ 3rd - 27th October
'Stained glass with a twist' is perhaps the best way to describe Kat Orton's work. Using coloured glass in combination with techniques such as leading, sandblasting and traditional glass painting, she creates dark and evocative pieces on a variety of themes - from the nautical to the natural - all brought to life in gently glowing lightboxes.
A writer first and foremost, her work often has an illustrative, 'storybook' feel, intent on sailing away with the viewer's imagination. Commissions are welcome: firstname.lastname@example.org
OLIVER HOLDEN oliverholdenartist.co.uk
Main Bar ~ 3rd - 29th September
Uncertain Bristol: Notion/Capture Series XI
Notion/Capture is an ongoing process that explores the possibility of visually representing the formation of memory through photography. The way in which a viewer interprets discernible information in a photograph relies heavily on experience and memory. With this, one reconstructs a certain memory through thought; fragmented, multi-levelled and fluid but with information lacking at certain points. Despite this, perception attempts to fill in the information. Smell, sound and touch enters the equation, transforming the original visual memory into a multi-dimensional sensory experience. Each capture attempts to do just that. Not to "copy"what is visually seen, but to represent the atmosphere at the point of shutter close. To encourage the viewer to delve into ones memory and experience to complete the picture.
Uncertain Bristol focuses on the heart of Bristol's historic industrious landmarks, the docks, factories and railways. These raw materials are striking form, power and grandeur, delivered through the lens of an affected manual film camera under uncertain visceral circumstances. Once captured, the results visually emulate certain stages of memory reconstruction whilst challenging the perception of the viewer
NATALIE BUSH email@example.com
Green Room ~ 3rd - 29th September
Focusing on a range of birds, fish and other creatures, which may not ordinarily be noticed for their beauty, Natalie Bush breathes a new lease of life through creating them in colourful felts and hand stitching.This collection centres on her fascination with Briti